Country Smallholding - - Ask the Experts -

QWe have just moved into a new property and have had to com­pro­mise on the house so that we could af­ford the land. It is tiny and we’re strug­gling with stor­age space. Any good space-sav­ing ideas?

AKevin Alviti says: We had the same prob­lem when we moved to our cur­rent property from a big­ger house, so I got cre­ative with my stor­age so­lu­tions. I looked around for dead ar­eas or spa­ces that aren’t nor­mally used and sim­ple things, such as small shelves in front of the wa­ter tank in the air­ing cup­board, gained us space for stor­age.

Look at the space under your kitchen units as well. It is re­ally sim­ple to make a drawer on cas­tors that you can push un­der­neath to store non-per­ish­able food or bak­ing trays.

We had an un­der­stairs cup­board that had doors that opened in­wards so I made a new door that opened out­wards and now that cup­board houses all of our tinned food — all 102 cans of it. This or­gan­iser ( above) lets us see what we have left in stock and it en­sures that we use the old­est tin first. I like to keep a good stock of food in in the event of be­ing cut off dur­ing a harsh win­ter.

An or­gan­iser en­sures the old­est tins are used first

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